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MAY 6 and 7

10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services
Cardinal Ritter Senior Services will hold a Job Fair May 6 and 7, 2016, from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days. Seeking to fill full time, part time and PRN positions. Positions included: RN/LPNs, Resident Care Coordinator for ALF, CNAs/CMTs/ Med Level 1 Aides, maintenance custodian, dietary aides, and part time Bus Driver in St. Charles County. On the spot interviews for selected positions. Great benefits. Competitive pay. Resumes and applications will be accepted prior to job fair.  E-mail or fax 314-961-1934 or send via regular mail to Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 7601 Watson Rd, St. Louis, MO 63119.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, 314-918-2254,


Cardinal Ritter Senior Services has a full-time Admission Coordinator position available. Plans, directs and implements the marketing and admissions functions for each facility, ensuring that all medical and financial criteria are met. Receives and responds to inquiries about each facility by phone or personal visit. Documents all inquiries, interviews and applications to each facility. Develops admission tracking report on a monthly basis. Acts as a referral and information source to applicants, residents and families, and coordinates services as needed. Coordinates the admission process for placement of residents at each facility according to needs and in compliance with state regulations. Facilitates move-in of new residents to each facility; Facilitates re-admission of residents of Mary, Queen and Mother Center upon return from a hospital. Ensures that all resident admission information is documented, recorded and maintained within each facility. Minimum of two years college or comparable business college education. Experience in social service or similar work, preferably with older adults.

Allan Standberry,, Cardinal Ritter Senior Services, (314) 918-2254,


Pyramid Home Health Services, Inc., is looking to hire homemaker aides and CNA in both St. Louis and St. Charles Areas.  We offer the best industry wages, up to two weeks paid time off earned at 90 days of employment, paid holidays, health, dental and vision insurance along with annual raises.  Apply on line at or call 800-699-1746 or stop by our St. Louis Office located in Florissant at 137 Flower Valley Shopping Center Florissant, MO 63033.

Kelly Roseman,, Pyramid Home Health Services, Inc., 800-699-1746,

Honors & Recognition

Des Peres Hospital received an “A” in Patient Safety in The Leapfrog Group’s Spring 2016 Hospital Safety Score. This is the hospital’s eighth consecutive “A,” having received straight A’s since the fall of 2012.

Simone Valle,, Des Peres Hospital, 314-966-9695,


National Volunteer Month is celebrated annually during the month of April, and is acknowledged as a time to honor the many gifts our nation’s volunteers bring to the world through the selfless act of volunteerism. Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis dedicated this time to thank their committed hospice volunteers for providing support, companionship and hope to patients facing a terminal illness. Volunteers play a vital role in enabling hospices to offer the best care for patients, their families and caregivers. By sharing their time, energy and expertise, volunteers, much like the employees, bring compassion and caring to the lives of patients in need, encouraging them to live every moment of life to the fullest. In celebration of National Volunteer Month, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis volunteers were invited to the Greater St. Louis Volunteer Symposium and were given the opportunity to purchase a book aimed at helping them in their hospice volunteer journey. If you're interested in learning more about hospice and volunteer opportunities in your area, please visit

Jenna Matzer,, Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis, (618) 606-3796,


Synergy Home Care has recently been awarded 2 "Best of the Best, Home Care Companies" in the St. Louis area for 2016!!! Both awards were earned by receiving consistently high ratings and positive reviews from residents, families and visitors. Another criteria was the Work Ethic, Ability, Compassion, and Professionalism of Synergy's Caregivers. This exclusive designation is awarded to less than one percent of providers nationwide. The awards were presented by Senior Advisor and Home Care Pulse.

Mike McMonigle,, Synergy Home Care, 314-359-5514,

Arts & Entertainment

APRIL 28 to MAY 7
Celebrating Art For Senior Engagement, April 28 to May 7. The first area wide festival dedicated to older adults is showcasing art in all its forms at 80-plus events throughout the St. Louis region. Sixty local venues offer St. Louis seniors 10 days of exhibits and art-related events to highlight how art improves the aging experience. As events are continuously being added and updated, you can find an up-to-date calendar online at or email

Lynn Hamilton,, maturity and its muse, 314-420-1444,


MAY 1 to 6 or MAY 22 to 27

YMCA Trout Lodge

Looking on the Bright Side adult program to be held May 1 to 6 or May 22 to 27. Laugh out loud as you learn to find humor in everyday life while playing some of the games you loved as a kid. Have a wonderful fun time while learning about music, singing and gaining insight on the Ozark humor and heritage. Explore Trout Lodge while hiking and riding on a pontoon boat while you celebrate life and immerse yourself in the healing power of laughter. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities!

Shanna Babiak,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,



10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at World Bird Sanctuary and Lone Elk Park
Senior trip to The World Bird Sanctuary and Lone Elk Park.  Seniors, join us for another Senior trip on May 3 from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Lunch will be at The Corner Pub. Lunch is at your own expense. Walking required. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up. Cost is $12 per person.

Stacy Laake,, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067,



1:30 p.m. at West County Family YMCA
Remembering Woolworth’s Five & Dime, Senior Sizzler, Tuesday, May 3 1:30 p.m. at West County Family Y. Free. Call 636-532-3100 to register for Back to the Five & Dime. Journey back in time to America's favorite dime store, F.W. Woolworth Company. From strikes to sit-ins, learn about Woolworth’s impact on American History. There will also be a Sundae Bar-make your own delicious treat! To reserve your seat, call 636-532-3100.

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-532-3100,



6:00 p.m. at Schlafly Library
Does the need for intimacy and our search for love change as we age? Posing this question is The Age of Love, an eye-opening documentary on speed dating for the 70+set which has spurred a social movement that empowers single seniors to seek new companionship. STL Village hosts a free public screening of this film on Wednesday, May 4, at 6:00 p.m. at Schlafly Library, 225 North Euclid, St. Louis, Missouri, 63108. A question and answer discussion with the film's producer/director Steve Loring follows the screening.

Madeline Franklin,, STL Village, 314-802-0275,



10:00 a.m to 5:00 p.m. at the St. Louis Public Library
The St. Louis Indie Book Fair is an organization started in 2015 to foster authors of fiction and nonfiction, and an opportunity to bring readers and writers together. This year we’ll be holding our annual event at the venerable St. Louis Public Library, main branch, 1301 Olive St. 63103 on Saturday, May 7th, 2016 between 10:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. There will be over 100 titles to choose from in fiction and nonfiction, ranging from children’s to adult. Over 80 authors will be represented and 32 authors will be present to sell, sign, and to read from their work on stage in the auditorium. All authors will have actual books to sell, no eBook-only publishing is allowed. We will also host the Pitching Hour where writers can pitch their story ideas to the publishers present for possible publication. The event is free to the public and kid-friendly.

Mark Pannebecker,, St. Louis Indie Book Fair, 314-258-6251,


MAY 13

4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Eberwein Park
Free Yappy Hour, Friday, May 13, 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at Eberwein Park. Donations to Open Door Sanctuary are welcome.
Be a happy recipient of barks, licks and love from your favorite furry friends. Kick back and relax while your pup chases their friends on the Dog Park lawn. Open Door Sanctuary, an organization that offers a loving environment and eventual home for cats and dogs in need will be on hand to pass out educational information and will also be accepting donations. Participants are welcome to bring drinks to the Yappy Hour to compliment the hor d’oeuvres. Dog Park members must have the dog tags on their dog’s collar. Non-members must have the most recent record of vaccinations for your dog to participate. All dogs must be neutered or spayed and no puppies under four months. Please RSVP by Wednesday, May 11 to 636-812-9500

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,


MAY 15 to 20 or JUNE 5 to 10

YMCA Trout Lodge

Hiking, canoeing and an amazing underground adventure will take place on May 15 to 20 or June 5 to 10. Trout Lodge is an outdoor enthusiasts’ paradise in the Ozarks. Experience the nature and history of the area on a hike, by canoe or on horseback. Try your hand at archery and riflery, visit mud cave, enjoy a local winery, tour famous Bonne Terre Mine and take a pontoon ride on an underground lake, and more. Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities.

Shanna Babiak,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,


MAY 17

10:15 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Fairmount Park
The Lafayette Older Adult Program (LOAP) is taking a day trip! Nothing beats a day at the races! Get a track side view of the horse races from the Black Stallion Room. Enjoy thoroughbred racing at the world-famous Fairmont Park racetrack including a delicious lunch buffet. Pick up is at 10:15 a.m. at the North Pointe Aquatic Center parking lot, then we will travel by bus to Fairmount Park. Sign up early, there is a limited number of spaces available. The cost is $45 per person and covers the cost of transportation and lunch. Please contact Stephanie Hardesty at 636-391-6326 ext. 401 or Melissa Musgrove at 636-207-2357 with any questions.

Kirsten Hochstetler,, Ballwin Parks and Recreation, 636-227-8950,


MAY 20

9:30 a.m. at Grant’s Farm and O’Leary’s
Senior trip to Grant's Farm. Seniors, join us for another senior trip on May 20 at 9:30 a.m. Meet at RiverChase. Lunch will be at O'Leary's and will be at your own expense. Cost is only $15 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today!

Stacy Laake,, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067,


MAY 23 to 25

YMCA Trout Lodge

Fun Time in the Sunshine Adult program to be held May 23 to 25. YMCA Trout Lodge, wants you to get outdoors, get active, and enjoy some relaxing time in the sunshine! And this adventurous all-inclusive 3-day/2-night program is designed to do just that. Enjoy activities like archery, riflery, pontoon tours, mini golf, nature hikes, aquatic ecology classes, canoeing/kayaking/sailing lessons, line dancing, campfires and so much more. Grab some friends and head down to the beautiful Ozarks hills and enjoy some fun in the sun! Rates include lodging, meals and all scheduled activities.

Shanna Babiak,, YMCA Trout Lodge, 314-241-9622,



12:00 p.m. at RiverChase

Senior trip to Persimmon Ridge Winery. Seniors join us for another senior trip to Persimmon Ridge Winery. Meet at RiverChase a little before 12:00 p.m.  Bring your own lunch! Cost is only $12 per person. Call 636-343-0067 to sign up today!

Stacy Laake,, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067,



10:30 a.m. at Ted Drewes and Gooey Louie

Senior trip to Ted Drewes and a stop at Gooey Louie. Seniors, join us for another senior trip on June 23 at 10:30 a.m. Lunch is at Quincy Street Bistro and at your own expense. Cost is only $12 per person. Call 636-343-0067 or stop by RiverChase to sign up today.

Stacy Laake,, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067,



6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Anheuser-Busch Biergarten
Sippin for Sunnyhill on Thursday, November 12, 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. at the Anheuser-Busch Biergarten, 1200 Lynch Street, St. Louis. Tickets will not be available for purchase at the door. Admission fee of $50 per person includes appetizers and four-hour open bar featuring over 30 Anheuser-Busch products. Enjoy participating in the Sunnyhill Grand Prix, Silent Auction, Liquor Raffle, 50/50 Drawing and a whole lot of fun! Only 200 tickets available. For more information contact Amy at  or call 314-845-3900. Visit our website at

Amy Moore,, Sunnyhill Inc., 314-845-3900,


MAY 3        

2:00 p.m. at VB Chocolate Bar
Tuesday, May 3, 2016 2:00 p.m. Ice Cream Social at VB Chocolate Bar, 5326 Highway N, Cottleville, MO, 63304. Have questions about cremation? What type of services are right for you? Join us for an Ice Cream Social during our most popular educational seminar. We will answer questions on the importance of pre-planning services as well as Cemetery planning. This educational program will allow you to have all your questions answered. Register at  or call 636-947-0622.

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622,


MAY 10

8:30 a.m. at Baue Funeral Home
Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 8:30 a.m. join Baue Funeral Homes and Debra K. Schuster, Attorney at Law, for breakfast and a free conversational seminar about the different options and benefits of Funeral Preplanning, Medicaid and Veterans Aid & Attendance.
Learn how planning now can pay off later. Spencer Road Library, 427 Spencer Road, St Peters, MO 63376.

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622,


MAY 11     

7:00 p.m. at Baue Funeral Home
24th Annual Peace Officers Memorial Candle Light Service, Wednesday, May 11, 2016 7:00 p.m. This service dedicated to the men, women and K9 officers of law enforcement who serve our community and put their lives on the line to keep us safe

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622,


MAY 17

All Occasions Banquet Center
Join us for our 1940's Big Bands Luncheon on Tuesday, May 17. We will have delicious food, live entertainment, raffles, 1940's costume contests and more! Our luncheon will be held at All Occasions Banquet Center. For more information, or to register, call 636-946-4042 or visit Tickets are just $19 per person.

Kacie Derby,, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000,


MAY 26     

10:00 a.m. at The Renaud Spirit Center

Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. Cremation Seminar at The Renaud Spirit Center in O'Fallon, MO, 63366. Is Cremation the right choice for you? Learn about all of the options & services available today with cremation and discover our unique and life honoring memorialization choices. To register for this event please contact the Renaud Spirit Center at 636-474-8105.

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622,


MAY 26

2:00 p.m. at Baue Funeral Services
Veterans Seminar & BBQ on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 2p.m. Creating meaningful services to honor those who serve is just part of what you will experience. Learn about veteran's options and benefits that are available today. A customized Life Organizer Kit with personalized veteran information will be presented.

Stacy Jones,, Baue Funeral Services, 636-947-0622,


MAY 26 to 31

St. Louis Senior Olympics
The St. Louis Senior Olympics, the regional competition for athletes aged 50 and older, is actively seeking applications for athletes to participate in more than 90 individual and team events over Memorial Day Weekend, May 26 to 31, 2016. From basketball to bocce; soccer, softball and shuffleboard; to tap dancing, tennis and track, the Senior Olympics engage more than 1,100 athletes and hundreds of volunteers at more than a dozen different venues across the St. Louis area. The events are open to everyone. Athletes must be at least 50 years old, but there is no maximum age! “It’s truly a community-wide event that provides something meaningful for everyone who participates,” said Phil Ruben, Director of the event. “We have serious competition, friendly games and performances. We have volunteer opportunities for all ages. And in the end, we have recognition, camaraderie and enduring friendships, all built around the spirit of this great event.” Registration packets for will be available March 15th and the registration deadline is May 9th. You can take advantage of the “Early Bird Special” if you register by April 18th. The packets include registration for athletes and volunteers.

Jarvis Smith,, Jewish Community Center, 314-442-3216,


MAY 29

2:00 p.m. at St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery
Join us for our 55th Annual Veterans Memorial Program on Sunday, May 29th at 2:00 p.m. at the St. Charles Memorial Gardens Cemetery. We will honor the lives of veterans in St. Charles County who have died within the last year. Visit for more information.

Kacie Derby,, Baue Funeral Home, 636-940-1000,


The Preferred Hospice office of Farmington is pleased to announce their Community Outreach programs. They offer Grief Counseling, Speakers, Community/Group/Individual Education, Social Worker Support, and Psychosocial support. All of these programs are free to anyone who might benefit. They offer these programs for businesses and schools as well. They have done grief support and memory boxes for local schools after the loss of a student. If any of these free programs may be of benefit to you or a loved one, Preferred Hospice of Farmington can be reached 24 hours a day 7 days a week at 573-756-9800 or toll free at 1-888-756-9802

Matt Stuchlik,, Preferred Hospice, 573-756-9800,

Lectures / Cont. Education

MAY 3 and 4

2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at Sunset Hills Community Center
Modern Estate Planning: Secure Your Family's Legacy on May 3rd and 4th at 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at the Sunset Hills Community Center. Come learn about trusts, wills, probate and long term care planning. RSVP today as seating is limited. 314-966-8077 or

Logan Eckhardt,, Amen, Gantner & Capriano -  Attorneys at Law, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C., 314-966-8077,



11:30 a.m. at Lakeview of Fenton
Find out Friday May 6th at 11:30 Lakeview of Fenton. Hedva Barholz Levy will present, "Pharmacological Changes and Updates." RSVP by calling 314-966-8077 or email

Logan Eckhardt,, Amen, Gantner & Capriano - Attorneys at Law, Your Estate Matters, L.L.C., 314-966-8077,


MAY 10

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 The Villages of St. Peters

Come one come all to our Spring Fling Seminar here at The Villages of St. Peters on May 10 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. We have several professionals speaking on topics such as Elder law, transportation opportunities for seniors, Miracle Ear, Right at Home, home care, our rehab services at the Villages and the Mississippi Valley Blood Center/Blood Drive.

Lori Guilliams,, The Villages of St. Peters, 314-471-3757,

MAY 10

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Villages of St. Peters
Free Promoting Health Education Seminar & Screening on Tuesday May 10th from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Attend one or all seven, 20 minute sessions throughout the morning. Health related professionals will explain what you can do to be proactive for your health. Guest speakers will also be providing in-hand screenings such as blood pressure and hearing. Mississippi Valley Blood Center will be conducting a blood fair during the event. Sponsored by and held at Villages of St. Peters, 5400 Executive Centre Parkway, St. Peters, MO 63376. RSVP to Lori Guilliams 314-471-3757. Also Sponsored by Right at Home St. Charles. 636-379-9955. Raffle drawing at 12:00 p.m.

Heather Cushing,, Right at Home, 636-379-9955,


MAY 12 to 15
The Sixth Annual Afterlife Conference is May 12 to 15, 2016.  Professional development classes for nurses, social workers, counselors and others who work with death and grief. Experiential, in-depth, retreat-style workshops. Specific content designed for those working in the field, including Mediumship Ethics, New Theories in Grief Counseling, and Spirituality in Clinical Settings.  Inner work through sacred ceremony, interactive group processes and mystical journeying. Progressive theological and academic discourse. To register visit

Joan Bretthauer,, Gateway Alliance, 314-402-9364,


MAY 15

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Resource Fair
Senior Sampler.  Whether you’re a senior looking to change living conditions or you have aging parents, you won’t want to miss this free open house on Sunday, May 15, to learn ways to assist individual’s age in place in Webster Groves. The Senior Roundtable brings Webster Groves older adult service providers together to offer samples of their facilities, organizations and services. Webster Groves Recreation Complex serves as the hub for informational booths at the Resource Fair from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Senior living facilities in the area host open houses to familiarize you with options from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. There will be refreshments at each stop and prize drawings, too. No Fee.

Miki McKee Koelsch,, City of Webster Groves, 314-963-5656,


MAY 16 and 17

St. Charles Convention Center
26th annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference. Monday, May 16 and Tuesday, May 17. Please join The Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities (AADD) for the 26th Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference at the St Charles Convention Center. Sessions are designed to support caregivers and professionals in enhancing the lives of people with developmental disabilities who are aging. We will again be offering Continuing Education Units pending approval from Illinois, St Louis University School of Nursing, & NASW- Missouri. Hotel accommodations will be available at a discount through the Embassy Suites, attached to the Convention Center. If you know of any staff person, family member, administrator, etc. who cares for a person with a developmental disability who is aging, please forward this to them, or call 314-647-8100 for more information.

Pamela Merkle,, Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities, 314-647-8100,


MAY 18

6:00 p.m. at Schlafly Branch Library
Life After Retirement: What’s Next? Wednesday May 18th, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.  Schlafly Branch Library, 225 North Euclid, St. Louis, 63108. Presented by STL Village. Life after retirement can be the beginning of new adventures, new joys, and greater successes. This lecture will focus on making the most of life after retirement. Panelists: Cal Halvorsen, Doctoral student, Washington University; Sylvia Nissenboim, MSW, LCSW; Barbara Herschbach, president of Our Second Act. Moderator: Bev Berner, Life and Encore Career Coach.

Madeline Franklin,, STL Village, 314-802-0275,


MAY 18

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business on May 18, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall, 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO 63103. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC, 314-657-3768,


MAY 19

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at St. Louis City Hall
The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. May 19 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 1520 Market Street, 3rd floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC, 314-657-3768,


MAY 24 to MAY 26

Best Practice Boot Camp®, May 24 to May 26. Calling all Missouri Nursing Home Administrators interested in a dynamic continuing education experience. Best Practice Boot Camp® for Long Term Care Communities is a comprehensive course for developing advanced marketing skills for Long Term Care Administrators and their staff. This course targets the skills necessary to strategically grow your business using the latest marketing principles. Participants are eligible for up to 20 Admin CEUs as required by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators. Approval # SO-3812. For more information including a full program description with topics and class schedule or to register, please click here: Questions call Katheryn at 314-852-1025.

Katheryn Hunt,, Cornerstone Solutions, 314-852-1025,


MAY 18, JUNE 14, JULY 19, and SEPTEMBER 27

Starting a Small Business in Missouri: Learn the first steps of starting your own small business. You will discover if you have what it takes to be an owner by assessing your strengths and weaknesses, learn how to assess the industry, market and competition as well as discuss legal and regulatory requirements. You will find successful writing techniques that appeal to lenders and investors and the importance of a business plan and how to identify sources of funding. There is no cost to dislocated workers.  If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost to receive a start-up manual is $99.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768,


MAY 19, JUNE 15, JULY 20, and SEPTEMBER 28

The Basics of Writing a Business Plan. Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768,


What does a fashion show have to do with quality long-term care? Have you experienced compassion fatigue? Are you working in the long-term care community and wanting to learn more about the future of long-term care? Would you like to earn 7 CEU credits while doing so? Or are you trying to navigate long-term care for you or your loved one? Overwhelmed and looking for guidance? VOYCE hosts the 5th annual Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference at the Renaissance St. Louis Airport on June 10 to answer these questions and more. It is a day of bringing together administrators, social workers, directors of nursing, nurses, professional long-term caregivers and individuals and their families from the St. Louis area community. The day will include thought provoking, educational speakers who will teach you dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available options. The day also includes an informational showcase of exhibitors who serve the long-term care community. Meet the people who can help you. Take advantage of early bird registration now: includes breakfast and lunch: $35-$125 Online Registration: Limited sponsorships still available Tel: 314-918-8222.

Kristin Pendleton,, VOYCE, 314-919-2410,



9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at 26 North Oaks Plaza

The Basics of Writing a Business Learn the key elements of a business plan including; writing style tips, required content, how to use a business plan as a management tool, and an understanding of what a business plan should look like, and how to get started. If you are a dislocated or laid off worker registered with you could attend this workshop at no cost.  The cost of the workshop is $49.00.  Please call 314-657-3768 for details. Location: 26 North Oaks Plaza, St. Louis, MO 63121. Date: June 15, 2016.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768,



9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

CORP: Using Technology to Declutter & Sell Online. Thursday, August 11 at 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Chesterfield City Hall. Free to adults 50 and older. Call 314-615-4474 to register or visit our website at  Learn how to declutter your home and turn unwanted items into spending money by using technology to reach potential buyers. The class will cover tips for starting the decluttering process, pros and cons of using Ebay, Amazon, Craigslist, etc, and tips for selling online and how to use apps for easy posting. To register, contact Karen Bono, Age Smart Age Well Program Coordinator for the St. Louis County Older Resident Programs, at 314-615-4474 or

Lisa Bobrzynski,, City of Chesterfield, 636-537-4727,



2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Legal Clinic For Entrepreneurs Aspiring entrepreneurs are often confronted with challenges when launching a startup or developing an existing business. Now, they can seek legal assistance and trim their legal costs by coming to SLATE. Experienced business attorneys, provided through Legal Services of Eastern Missouri, offer one-on-one 30-minute sessions for laid off workers at absolutely no charge. Questions that are frequently discussed can include entity formation, intellectual property, commercial leases, zoning compliance, employment issues, and customer and supplier contracts, among others. Times: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., every other Thursday.  Dates are April 14 and 28, May 12 and 26, June 9 and 23, July 7 and 21, August 4 and 18, September 1, 5, and 29, October 13 and 27, November 10 and 24, December 8 and 22, 2016.  Location: SLATE American Job Center, 1520 Market Street, 3rd Floor, St. Louis, MO, 63103.  Space is limited and appointments are necessary. To register, please call 314-657-3768. Recommended parking: Kiel Center Garage, $1.50 per hour and cash only.

Lynette Oliver,, SBTDC/Small Business Development, 314-657-3768,

Health & Wellness


9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Connect Hearing
Connect Hearing is having a free Hearing Screening event on May 3rd, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. in our office at 1728 Clarkson Rd., Chesterfield, MO 63017. It's quick, easy & convenient. It's recommended you get your hearing checked every two years. We're making it easier than ever by offering free hearing screenings right here in our office. We are located on the corner of Clarkson and Baxter Rd. in-between the two front doors of Dierbergs and next to the UPS store. Meet our Hearing Care Professional Rob McGee. Rob has over 20 years of hearing experience. To book your free hearing screening, call Pat at 636-536-4422.

Pat Wilcox,, Connect Hearing, 636-536-0055,


MAY 10

9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Villages’ Assisted Living Community
Right at Home, In-Home Care & Assistance, and The Villages of St. Peters will host a free Promotional Health Education and Screening Seminar on May 10th, 2016. The event will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at The Villages’ Assisted Living Community, 5400 Executive Centre Parkway, St. Peters. Vendors will be conducting screenings on site with in-hand results for participants. A variety of proactive health subjects will be presented in twenty minutes. Topics include: A current Harvard Study helping to prove that home care should be covered by Medicaid and Medicare thus saving billions. The benefits of using or volunteering with a non-profit organization which provides door-through-door, arm-through-arm transportation. The correlation between hearing loss and Dementia. How modifying your home can help keep you aging in place. Learn how your tax dollars have already paid for free adaptive phone. Keeping your finances safe; the benefits of a power of attorney and estate planning. Mississippi Valley Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive at the location during the same time. Raffle drawings will end the event for those that visited each booth. RSVP Lori Guilliam at 314-471-3757.

Heather Cushing,, Right at Home, 636-379-9955,


MAY 11

6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Concordia University
Intuitive God Art workshop for women on May 11 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Concordia University in Sunset Hills. We will be tuning in to our intuition, wisdom, and God, and then painting from the heart. It is also referred as contemplative art. There will be discussion, questions and quiet time to paint. Come and learn about connecting more deeply with God by using art. The cost is $15. Please call Janet at 314-578-1385 to register or if u have questions. Please bring a journal or watercolor paper and a watercolor set. You can get them very reasonable at Michaels.

Janet Gray,, intuitive God Art, 314-578-1385,


MAY 14


Do you have medical equipment that is not being used? Do you need medical equipment? Now there is HELP. St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (St. Louis HELP) is hosting another medical equipment donation drive at 14 area-wide Walgreens. The event is on Saturday, May 14, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Recycle-Revitalize-Redistribute.  Clean the attic, garage or basement and make a tax-deductible donation of your medical equipment to St. Louis HELP. We accept donations of manual and power wheelchairs, electric hospital beds, shower chairs, canes, crutches, walkers, grab bars, elevated toilet seats, portable commodes, lift chairs, seating cushions, back supports, and folding ramps. See for Walgreens locations or call 314-567-4700. St. Louis HELP loans the donated home medical items to anyone in need, at no cost or fee. St. Louis HELP is a non-profit organization.

Liz Cannon,, St. Louis HELP, 314-567-4700,


MAY 17

6:00 p.m. at Des Peres Hospital
Makoplasty Partial Knee Resurfacing -- Don’t let knee pain hold you back. Makoplasty ® robot-assisted partial knee resurfacing is a minimally invasive procedure that can help relieve knee pain and restore range of motion. This surgery preserves healthy bone and tissue, typically resulting in a shorter hospital stay with a faster recovery time. Learn more at an upcoming seminar. Call 1-855-290-9355 to register. Next seminar is May 17, 2016 and held in building 2315 Dougherty Ferry Road at 6:00 p.m.

Simone Valle,, Des Peres Hospital, 314-066-9695,


MAY 25

8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at RiverChase
Come celebrate national Senior Health and Fitness Day at RiverChase located at 990 Horan Dr. Fenton, MO, on May 25, 8:00 a.m to 12:00 p.m. The common goal for this day is to help keep older Americans healthy and fit. National Senior Health and Fitness Day is the Nation's largest annual health promotion event for older adults. This fair will connect you with non-profit organizations, agencies, institutions and businesses with the information, services, opportunities and products that seniors want and need. The Senior Health and Fitness Fair is FREE and open to the public. Highlights: try a new exercise class in the demonstration area, free giveaways and attendance prizes, free entertainment by Senior Strutters, guest speakers, breakfast items will be served while supplies last. Sponsored by SSM Health St. Clare Hospital, Des Peres Hospital, Alliance Credit Union, The Diabetes Dr., The Spa House, SSM Physical Therapy, Renewal by Andersen, New Beginnings for U, Heartland Hospice, Body Balance Chiropractic, Miracle Ear and Ageless Design.

Stacy Laake,, Fenton Parks and Recreation, 636-343-0067,


MAY 25

10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Green Park Senior Living and Advanced 360 Rehabilitation
Please join us for our "Spring Into Health & Wellness Fair.  Our event is open to the community and we are expecting 20+ vendors to participate. At the fair you can receive information on Senior Services, health, beauty and food. All attendees will be entered in to a drawing for door prizes. Location: Green Park Senior Living & Advanced 360 Rehabilitation, Date of Event: Wednesday, May 25, 2016 Time: 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Address: 9300 Green Park Road, St. Louis, MO 63123. For more information please contact Lorie Springkamper, 314-704-8580.

Lorie Springkamper,, Green Park Senior Living & Advanced 360 Rehabilitation, 314-704-8580,


Through supporters like you, Shriners Hospital for Children has been able to provide life-saving and life-changing care to kids for over 90 years. By walking with us you can do your part to send Love to the rescue. All participants are invited to stay for a post-walk celebration featuring food, entertainment, and the opportunity to connect with other supporters! Walk for Love Event.

Max Montgomery,, Shriners Hospital for Children, 314-692-6437,


Heal at home after an injury or illness with SSM Health at Home. Whether you need help managing a chronic health condition or you need rehabilitation after surgery, SSM Health at Home offers a variety of services to help you recover in the comfort of your own home. Our home care services include: skilled nursing care, home health aides and nurse assistants, occupational therapy, physical therapy, medical social work, speech-language therapy, nutritional counseling, palliative care, chronic disease and symptom management. Talk to your physician about your home health options.

SSM Health at Home, 800-265-0100,


How to Find Financial Help for Veterans’ Home Care. Some veterans qualify for financial support for home care through the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). There is a little-known benefit called Aid and Attendance for veterans who served at least one day during war time, with a minimum of 90 days active military duty and received an honorable discharge. Typically, VA disability compensation is obtained when a person's disability is related to his or her military service. However, the VA’s Aid and Attendance benefit is different. It pays for home care when the veteran’s disability is a non service-connected disability. For Aid and Attendance, veterans aren’t required to have fought in an active combat situation, but they need to have served when the US military was actively engaged in conflict. The eligibility requirements and application process can be complicated. That’s why Veterans Home Care, a private, family-owned and operated company, offers their VetAssist Program. The VetAssist Program also provides service to veterans after they’ve qualified for Aid and Attendance with ongoing VA compliance and home care monitoring. For more information and to learn about Veterans Home Care Visits, contact Veteran’s Home Care at 888-314-6075.

Janet Jennewein,, Veterans Home Care, 314-514-2444,

Support & Counseling

JUNE 6 to JULY 18

1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop to be held at The Sheperd’s Center.  The Sheperds Center is pleased to announce we have partnered with Right at Home St Louis in bringing the Powerful Tools for Caregivers Program to the St Louis Area. Powerful Tools for Caregivers Workshop, a six-week course beginning Monday, June 6, 2016 to July 18, 2016, 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Webster Hills United Methodist Church, 1333 West Lockwood Ave. Glendale, Mo. 63122. Suggested Donation: $10.00. This workshop will give caregivers tools to care for themselves while caring for a loved one whether a relative or friend. Space is limited registration required by calling The Sheperd’s Center at 314-395-0988.

Trish Cooper,, Right at Home St Louis, 314-567-5545,


Preferred Hospice is proud to launch their new Assurance Program. It is available to any individual evaluated for hospice admission, but who does not currently meet eligibility requirements. Through the program we can assure the individual that if they decline, they will receive the fullness of the hospice benefit at the earliest they qualify. The Assurance Program is a need-based service driven by Spiritual and Psychosocial needs. At Preferred Hospice, it is our commitment to the individuals we serve to be there, “when they need us, where they need us for as long as they need us.” This means that these individuals, who have earlier stages of terminal diseases or who are still receiving aggressive treatment, are the perfect candidate for the Assurance Program. This program provides two monthly visits at home or in a facility by a Social Worker and/or Chaplain and every six months or when condition declines by a nurse. Referrals can be made by anyone. For the Farmington office call 573-756-9800 or the St. Louis office call 636-527-9330.

Matthew Stuchlik,, Preferred, 573-756-9800,

In Search Of...

We need your money management skills. Do you have a passion for helping seniors? Are you good at balancing your checkbook, explaining simple financial forms, and creating a budget? If so, then you will find it rewarding to become a volunteer with Lutheran Senior Services, Volunteer Money Management in Illinois. We are currently seeking reliable people to serve clients in Madison County, Illinois, Monroe County, Illinois, and St. Clair County, Illinois. You can volunteer for as few as two hours per month, with a flexible schedule. Call for more information.

Antoinette  Moore,, Lutheran Senior Services, (618) 222-2561,


Lutheran Senior Services Volunteer Money Management is looking for volunteers 21 years and older to provide individualized, in-home money management assistance for older adults living in North St. Louis county and St. Louis city. Volunteers help sort, organize, and record monthly bills and statements, reconcile monthly bank statements, and balance checkbooks. Two hours a month is needed to help an older adult remain independent in your community. For details, please call Laural at 314-446-2474 or visit our website.

Laural Crues,, Lutheran Senior Services, 314-446-2474,


Group activities reduced depressive symptoms among older people with dementia
5/3/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Both a high-intensity functional exercise programme and a non-exercise group activity, conducted among older care facility residents with dementia, reduced high levels of depressive symptoms. View More...
The social lives of the elderly mirror how they grow older
5/3/2016 5:00:00 AM Aging Research
Changes in social relationships could signal early cognitive decline.Small changes in the social lives of older people are early red flags showing that their thought processes and brain... View More...
Genetic switch could be key to increased health and lifespan
5/3/2016 2:00:00 AM Aging Research
Stressing mitochondria in the worm C. elegans triggers epigenetic changes that last a lifetime. View More...
In older adults, frailty and depression symptoms are linked and can affect spouses
5/2/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Frailty, a condition that affects 10 percent of people aged 65 and older, can make older adults more prone to disability, falls, hospitalization and a shorter lifespan. View More...
Exposure to particulate air pollutants associated with numerous cancers
4/29/2016 2:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers have found that long-term exposure to environmental pollutants was associated with increased risk of mortality for many types of cancer in an elderly Hong Kong population. View More...
Texas A&M study shows risk factors associated with injurious falls
4/29/2016 2:00:00 AM Aging Research
First nationwide study shows 15 percent of people in these facilities suffer from injurious falls, and females were most at risk. An elderly woman catches her foot on a small area rug. View More...
'Youth gene' identified by researchers
4/29/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers have pinned down a particular genetic variation that plays a role in defining whether you look older or younger than your years. View More...
Working longer may lead to a longer life, new OSU research shows
4/28/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Working past age 65 could lead to longer life, while retiring early may be a risk factor for dying earlier, a new study from Oregon State University indicates. View More...
The older you get, the more difficult it may become to 'smell' through your mouth: People are also generally better at detecting tastes than smells
4/27/2016 9:00:00 AM Aging Research
You not only pick up aromas through your nose, but also through your mouth while you chew your food. Some people simply can smell better than others and those may enjoy an enhanced flavor of foods. View More...
Excessive tests don't benefit patient, do increase cost in age-related immune disorder
4/27/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
A series of tests physicians routinely order to help diagnose and follow their patients with an elevated antibody level that is a marker for cancer risk, often do not benefit the patient but do... View More...
Rosemary aroma can help older adults to remember to do things
4/26/2016 4:00:00 PM Aging Research
The aroma of rosemary essential oil may improve ability of people over 65 to remember events and to remember to complete tasks at particular times in the future. View More...
Mobility assessment tool may help predict early postoperative outcomes for older adults
4/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
A quick, reliable and cost-effective mobility assessment tool may help to identify elderly patients at risk for adverse post-surgery outcomes, according to Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center... View More...
Research shows certain genes, in healthy environments, can lengthen lifespan
4/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
Researchers at the University at Buffalo Research Institute on Addictions have discovered how a gene in the brain's dopamine system can play an important role in prolonging lifespan: it must be... View More...
First gene therapy successful against human aging
4/25/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
American woman gets biologically younger after gene therapies. In September 2015, then 44 year-old CEO of BioViva USA Inc. View More...
Wellderly study suggests link between cognitive decline genes and healthy aging
4/22/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
An eight-year-long accrual and analysis of the whole genome sequences of healthy elderly people, or "Wellderly," has revealed a higher-than-normal presence of genetic variants offering protection... View More...
Blood pressure targets for individuals with kidney disease should consider patients' age
4/22/2016 8:00:00 AM Aging Research
Cautious blood pressure-lowering strategy may be reasonable for very elderly patients. View More...
Frailty risk lower in widowed than married older women
4/22/2016 7:00:00 AM Aging Research
A new study shows that among older people, widowed women have a lower risk of frailty than married women, while among men, it is the married men who have a lower risk. View More...
Confused cells lead to genetic disorders like heart problems, premature aging
4/22/2016 5:00:00 AM Aging Research
It has been disorienting to the scientific and medical community as to why different subtle changes in a protein-coding gene causes many different genetic disorders in different patients ... View More...
Mortality rates improve among kids and young adults in the US, especially in poor counties
4/22/2016 5:00:00 AM Aging Research
Recent studies of mortality trends paint a gloomy picture for many middle-aged and older Americans, but a new study focused on children reveals a more optimistic future. View More...
What is the key to healthy aging? New gene study sheds light
4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM Aging Research
By analyzing the genes of elderly adults completely free of chronic disease and illness, researchers have uncovered genetic variants that may boost healthy aging. View More...
Older adults need better blood pressure and cholesterol control to prevent cardiovascular disease
4/21/2016 9:00:00 PM Aging Research
Older patients are not too old to benefit from individualized preventive cardiovascular therapy, according to a new report in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology. View More...
Dog walking linked to better physical health for seniors
4/21/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
A new study finds a link between improved physical health in senior adults and dog walking and that a strong pet-owner bond may be a positive influence on physical activity. View More...
Half of long-stay nursing home residents go to hospital ED regardless of cognitive status
4/20/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found that almost half of all long-stay nursing home residents experience at least one transfer... View More...
The more you run, the denser your bones will be
4/20/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
Spanish researchers have analysed the effect of endurance running training on the stiffness index, a variable that is directly related to bone quality. View More...
Antipsychotic medications may be ineffective for treating or preventing delirium
4/20/2016 3:00:00 AM Aging Research
In a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, researchers examined whether or not antipsychotic drugs, which are sometimes used to prevent or treat delirium, are... View More...

Letters to the Editor
5/2/2016 1:56:06 PM NYTimes Aging - News
Readers react to articles in Science Times. View More...
Aging in Place
5/2/2016 3:45:26 AM By JANE E. BRODY NYTimes Aging - News
Throughout the country, communities are being retrofitted to accommodate the tsunami of elders expected to live there as baby boomers age. View More...
What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?
4/30/2016 3:43:13 AM By PAM BELLUCK NYTimes Aging - News
Here are answers to some common questions about a disease that can seem frightening, mysterious and daunting. View More...
Seeing the Cycle of Life in My Baby Daughter’s Eyes
4/29/2016 4:00:35 AM By HAIDER JAVED WARRAICH, M.D. NYTimes Aging - News
We celebrate every moment in an infant’s journey but are repelled by similar helplessness in the elderly. View More...
The Evolution of a Love Story, Later in Life
4/26/2016 1:25:46 PM NYTimes Aging - News
Readers add insight to a Sunday Review article by former Senator Harris Wofford. View More...
Thriving at Age 70 and Beyond
4/25/2016 3:45:32 AM By JANE E. BRODY NYTimes Aging - News
In “70Candles!,” older women explore the most important issues facing women as they age, and how society might help ease their way into the future. View More...
The Dangers of ‘Polypharmacy,’ the Ever-Mounting Pile of Pills
4/22/2016 2:20:08 PM By PAULA SPAN NYTimes Aging - News
The combining of prescription and over-the-counter drugs has doctors more concerned than ever about the risks, especially among older adults. View More...
As Holocaust Becomes More Distant, Survivors’ Needs Intensify
4/22/2016 12:08:52 PM By MELISSA EDDY NYTimes Aging - News
As the survivors of Nazi brutality become ever older, an effort to have Germany spend more on in-home care for them has taken on a new urgency. View More...
My Mother’s Make-Believe Boyfriend
4/21/2016 11:15:46 AM By JOYCE WADLER NYTimes Aging - News
My mother’s brain has been melting since she had a stroke, and now the major territories include pastrami, kittens and a man in her nursing home. View More...
Panel Would Make Insurers Help Contain Rising Drug Costs
4/18/2016 3:59:49 PM By ROBERT PEAR NYTimes Aging - News
A plan to pare the government share of reimbursement to insurers is part of a package of cost-controlling ideas that will be in a June report to Congress. View More...
Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health
4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Retirement Can Be Golden for Your Health
Category: Health News
Created: 4/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Americans' Longer Life = Poorer Health
4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Americans' Longer Life = Poorer Health
Category: Health News
Created: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/19/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying
4/6/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying
Category: Health News
Created: 4/5/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 4/6/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?
3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?
Category: Health News
Created: 3/30/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/31/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
World's Senior Population Forecast to Boom by 2050
3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: World's Senior Population Forecast to Boom by 2050
Category: Health News
Created: 3/28/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/29/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study
3/22/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: 1 in 6 Seniors Takes Dangerous Combos of Meds, Supplements: Study
Category: Health News
Created: 3/21/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/22/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly
3/18/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Kidney Dialysis Might Not Extend Survival of Elderly
Category: Health News
Created: 3/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/18/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs
3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Want to Keep an Aging Brain Sharp? Try the Stairs
Category: Health News
Created: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/16/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Seniors Often Bring Drug-Resistant Germs to Rehab Centers
3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Seniors Often Bring Drug-Resistant Germs to Rehab Centers
Category: Health News
Created: 3/14/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/15/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Dance Class May Be Gateway to Exercise for Older Latinos
3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Dance Class May Be Gateway to Exercise for Older Latinos
Category: Health News
Created: 3/4/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...
Candidates With More 'Mature' Faces May Get Older People's Votes
3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM MedicineNet
Title: Candidates With More 'Mature' Faces May Get Older People's Votes
Category: Health News
Created: 3/6/2016 12:00:00 AM
Last Editorial Review: 3/7/2016 12:00:00 AM  View More...

US Sees 1st Zika Death Amid Funding Stalemate
5/1/2016 2:07:05 PM Big News Network
WASHINGTON - The first known death from the Zika virus on U.S. territory was reported Friday as lawmakers left Washington for a weeklong recess. Neither house of Congress has approved funding to comba View More...
Chargers release P Scifres
5/2/2016 9:50:32 PM Big News Network
The San Diego Chargers released 35-year-old veteran punter Mike Scifres on Monday.

Scifres, the Chargers' all-time leader in punting yards with 34,152, has spent his entire 13-year career in San Dieg View More...

Bills add FB Gronkowski, LB Striker - waive three
5/2/2016 1:50:30 PM Big News Network
The Buffalo Bills officially announced the signing of fullback Glenn Gronkowski, the young brother of New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski who went undrafted over the weekend.

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Seahawks wont use Lynchs No. 24 in 2016
5/2/2016 12:50:19 PM Big News Network
Marshawn Lynch is committed to retirement, and the Seattle Seahawks are equally dedicated to keeping incoming players out of his No. 24 jersey.

As a sign of respect, Seahawks general manager John Sch View More...

`Recovering` Taylor grateful for support post enforced retirement
5/1/2016 9:14:06 PM Big News Network
Johannesburg, May 2 (ANI): Former England batsman James Taylor, who recently underwent surgery for his serious heart condition, has expressed gratitude for all the support he has been receiving ever s View More...
Force wins NHRA event in Texas
5/1/2016 5:50:37 PM Big News Network
Drag racing's season of women continued Sunday, with Courtney Force adding to the list of NHRA winners in 2016.

Force won the SpringNationals at Baytown, Texas, to become the fourth woman to win a pr View More...

Why affordable housing for seniors is the Mission's next development flashpoint
5/3/2016 1:37:41 PM Big News Network
A nine-story affordable senior housing project planned for Shotwell Street in the Mission is being met with a brutal backlash from some of its neighbors, with some saying the development is 'selfish,  View More...
Presbyterian Home of Maryland in Towson closing to make way for larger Bel Air facility
5/3/2016 1:35:30 PM Big News Network
The Presbyterian Home of Maryland, a Towson assisted living facility and nursing home, is closing to make way for a larger, more updated retirement community in Harford County.

Presbyterian, a small  View More...

3 questions with Charlotte architect Wes Jones on refitting uptown office spaces
5/3/2016 11:42:43 AM Big News Network
As sleek new office towers are built across Charlotte, older buildings are undergoing facelifts to compete in the market and fit a new generation of tenants.

Many of those tenants are seeking a 'no w View More...

Here's how Wright State will pick its next president
5/3/2016 11:37:31 AM Big News Network
Wright State University's board of trustees is planning a national search for a new president as David Hopkins steps down.

The board announced the search process for the replacement Tuesday, one day  View More...

Cousins of murdered teens boyfriend in dock
5/3/2016 10:02:33 AM Big News Network
Cape Town -The two men accused of killing teenager Sinoxolo Mafevuka were relatives of her boyfriend, the State told the Khayelitsha Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.

The two men, who have denied that th View More...

German Jews divided over fears of 1 million Muslim newcomers
5/3/2016 9:06:27 AM Big News Network
Berlin - When the leader of Germany's Jews spoke out against the flow of Muslim migrants to Europe, a rabbinical student denounced his views as racist - and ignited a debate over whether Jews are righ View More...
Major INC Research stockholders to sell 8 million shares
5/3/2016 7:39:47 AM Big News Network
On the same day INC Research (Nasdaq: INCR) reported first quarter earnings, two major company stockholders announced they would sell off a block of shares.

Specifically, Avista Capital Partners and  View More...

5 things to know should Comcast DirecTV be worried about Hulu?
5/3/2016 7:38:19 AM Big News Network
The soggy, sour weather continues as the work week creeps along. I'm back this morning after another mission yesterday that if i told you about it large men in 1940s fedoras would show up at your door View More...
Bistro 218 expanding to former Quiznos space
5/3/2016 6:35:36 AM Big News Network
The popular Bistro 218 restaurant recently received the go-ahead from the Birmingham Design Review Committee to absorb its next door neighbor on 20th St. N. - the former site of a Quiznos Subs.

The r View More...

Do you, as a woman, have a seat at the table?
5/3/2016 5:38:33 AM Big News Network
As a communication coach, I pride myself on giving thoughtful constructive advice. So, you can imagine how concerned I was when someone told me my guidance was wrong.

At a leadership communications p View More...

Mylan names Wesco exec as CFO
5/3/2016 5:38:09 AM Big News Network
The chief financial officer of a Pittsburgh-based publicly traded company is headed a few miles south for the same job at another publicly traded company.

Kenneth S. Parks has been named CFO of Mylan View More...

Bryn Mawr Trust parent says 2015 investments paid off in 1Q turnaround
5/2/2016 12:40:57 PM Big News Network
Bryn Mawr Bank Corp. returned to the black with a net income of $8.3 million in the first quarter after a rare loss in the fourth quarter due to a previously announced $17 million charge to terminate  View More...
SECU CEO to retire
5/2/2016 10:40:41 AM Big News Network
After nearly 40 years serving as Raleigh-based State Employees' Credit Union's CEO, Jim Blaine says it's time to retire.

The 66-year-old Blaine is a Chapel Hill native and holds degrees from both UNC View More...

Rob Haswell, Tom Wachs move up at Channel 6 with Vince Condella's retirement
5/2/2016 10:38:32 AM Big News Network
With the impending retirement of chief meteorologist Vince Condella, WITI-TV (Channel 6) has turned to morning-news meteorologist Rob Haswell to take over the station's chief meteorologist duties.

Co View More...

Investment tax cut to hit Tennessee municipalities
5/2/2016 10:38:17 AM Big News Network
Tennessee got a step closer to being entirely free of income taxes when lawmakers passed recent legislation decreasing the Hall Tax, the state's tax on investment and dividend income.

The legislation View More...

Invesco unit pays $10.3 million ERISA settlement
5/2/2016 10:35:21 AM Big News Network
A unit of Atlanta-based Invesco Ltd. (NYSE: IVZ) will pay $10.3 million to the U.S. Department of Labor to settle allegations it violated the Employee Retirement Income Security Act.

Invesco ran the  View More...

Sacramento considers smaller budget for convention and theater complex
5/2/2016 8:38:51 AM Big News Network
It looks like the city of Sacramento is scaling back its vision for revamping the convention center and theater complex in downtown.

The City Council on Tuesday will be asked to approve professional  View More...

Senior community readies for $30M makeover
5/2/2016 6:35:09 AM Big News Network
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Cognitive Improvement

The Ageless Mind

     The impulses that give us our ability to think, express ourselves, maintain our physical being are the mind/body/spirit interface.
     The anti-aging movement would certainly have no appeal if we could not take with us into those extended years our most precious possession-our mind. Illnesses such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases are frightening prospects for the older population. While we are more likely to suffer from memory loss and cognitive decline as we grow older, this mental decline is not inevitable.
     The past two decades of scientific research into the causes of brain disease have given us extraordinary insights into how we can successfully address both the symptoms and the causes of brain-aging.
     Uniting neurology and nutrition we now have strategies that can slow, prevent, and even reverse brain dysfunction.

The Brain Conducts Our Human Orchestra
     The brain is a complicated, well-organized matrix of intricate nerve endings communicating every thought, orchestrating every action, creating every emotion. Billions of electrical impulses travel back and forth through this matrix every second directing upward of 15 million possible chemical reactions. This brain energy operates in mineral, electrical, chemical, magnetic, and emotive wavefields. The frequency, amplitude and wavelengths of these transmissions vary with states of alertness, mental and physical activity, external stimulus and internal environment.
     Neurotransmitters are the chemicals required to send the impulses from one cell to the next in harmonious fashion.
     Anything that interferes with ability to make, send or receive these chemical messengers will prevent the brain from functioning effectively.

Why The Brain Deteriorates With Age
     Brain cells require a supply of specific nutrients to maintain their membrane integrity, to clear out waste products, to manufacture cellular energy and neurotransmitters, and to scavenge free radicals. Any deficiency in the supply of these nutrients will adversely affect neurotransmission.
     Studies on brain-aging have shown a significant decline in important neurotransmitters in those with age-related cognitive impairment. The most important of these is acetylcholine-the main neurotransmitter needed for memory and learning. Almost all people with Alzheimer’s show a marked deficit of acetylcholine. Maintaining healthy neurotransmitter, especially acetlycholine, levels is the centerpiece of any brain enhancement strategy. Our anti-aging protocols include safe, effective "smart nutrients" that promote cellular energy and enhance production of neurotransmitters.
     Poor circulation is another factor in brain-aging. The brain requires a steady supply of oxygen, glucose and other nutrients to function. 25% of all blood pumped by the heart goes to the brain, thus any deficiencies in the circulatory system will put the brain at risk. About 20 percent of all cases of serious mental decline in the elderly are circulation-related. Decreased blood flow contributes to general mental lethargy and to the slow degeneration of the brain by starving the neurons to death.
     If you are interested in brain health, maintaining good cerebral circulation is imperative. Attention to exercise, blood pressure, and selected natural nutrients that improve circulation are important aspects of our brain longevity strategies.
     In each of our cells including our neurons, there is an area known as the mitochondria. This is the energy-producing center of the cell. For brain longevity, the neurons must maintain a constant supply of energy to protect against cell loss.
     The mitochondria are especially vulnerable to free radical damage because of their heavy oxygen utilization. In a healthy mitochondria neighborhood there are plenty of free radical scavengers, anti-oxidants maintaining damage control. A few of the more important ones are vitamins C and E, beta carotene, super oxide dismutase, glutathione, Co-Q 10, selenium, zinc, lipoic acid, melatonin, and acetyl –L- carnitine. However, if the anti-oxidant pool is in poor supply – the mitochondria have no defense. Once enough oxidative damage is done to the mitochondria by free radicals, the cell dies. Free radicals directly kill brain cells. Patients with Parkinson’s disease have been shown to have severely impaired anti-oxidant activity in the substantia nigra area of the brain allowing for unchecked free radical destruction those brain cells.
     Anti-oxidant levels in the brain tend to decrease with age. Testing for free radicals, assessing and enriching your anti-oxidant status is an important component of your personal anti-aging program.
     Hormone imbalances that may begin as soon as the mid-thirties also have a detrimental effect on brain function. Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a neuro-steroid produced by our adrenal glands. Brain tissue contains five to six times more DHEA than any other tissue in the body. (People with Alzheimer’s have almost half the amount of DHEA than their age-matched peers). DHEA stimulates the production of key brain cell messengers and the formation of branches that connect cells. DHEA is necessary to balance the potentially destructive forces of stress hormones, especially cortisol. As we age, rising levels of cortisol and declining levels of DHEA set the stage for memory decline and cognitive impairment.

Additionally, inadequate levels of estrogen, testosterone, progesterone, thyroid, growth hormone, and pregnenolone have all been implicated in cognitive decline, loss of libido, mood disorders, impaired memory and communication problems.
     Any comprehensive brain longevity plan includes assessing and restoring healthy hormone levels. At our clinic, we stress periodic evaluation and counsel on the use of natural intervention when appropriate.


By Dr. Pamela George


The Correlation Between Proper Nutrition and Longevity

     Our longevity is directly linked to the quality of our nutrition.

Nutrition affects not only the condition of our bodies, but also the well being of our minds.

The foods we eat keep our bodies and minds working efficiently, provide us with energy and strengthen our immune systems.

     One of the first dietitians, William Banting, in the mid-19th century wrote , “among all maladies which concern the human race, I know none nor can I imagine anything worse than obesity”.

According to Dutch medical specialists, “people who gain a significant amount of weight after the age of 35-40, shorten their lives by approximately seven years”. Also, “if a 40-year old woman smokes and is overweight, she will live, on average, 13.3 years less than a non-smoking woman of standard weight”.

     So, as you can clearly see, science has shown us that proper nutrition is associated with longevity. That is because the quality of life in old age is not about turning back the clock to maintain an artificial extension or replay of youth, but rather, to increase longevity and make life healthier, happier and more fulfilling within the limitations of age.


The Building Blocks of Healthy Eating

     Carbohydrates feed the brain, proteins slow down the carbohydrate absorption rate, and fat aids in the production of the hormones that make us happy and also assists in balancing the nutritive chemicals in the blood stream. In addition to the main food groups, specific vitamins and minerals also have a profound influence on health. For example, the selenium contained in dairy products alleviates stress and is a very good defense against aging.



     The bread/pasta food group, particularly whole-grain and multi-grain, is perfect fuel for the body as well as the brain. The lack of carbohydrates can cause hypoglycemia in diabetic individuals and dull brain function in none diabetic individuals. Carbohydrates, especially the types of complex carbohydrates listed on the low glycemic index, are the best energy source for our body, since they digest slowly, are absorbed into our system in small amounts, and feed the brain and body longer.


Healthy Fats

     Do not avoid fat altogether for fear it may clog arteries. On the contrary, certain fats, such as those found in olive oil or sunflower oil, cod-liver oil, almonds, peanuts and walnuts are healthy and essential. It is these fats that structure the nerve cells in the brain. therefore, the limiting of fat should be closely monitored, so that it does not damage brain function.



     Protein plays a vital role in the health of our neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Enzymes, which allow cells to receive messages, and neuro-meridians are actually proteins in different proportions composed of amino acids in the food. The conclusion is that our brains and muscles need protein to function properly.


Vitamins and Iron

     It has been proven that a lack of Vitamin B-9 is the chief contributor to memory loss during the aging process. If we add Vitamins B-6 and B-12, contained in fish, we create a healthy blend that guarantees us optimum memory strength. Vitamin E, which is just one valuable constituent of olives, walnuts as well as other foods, protects the biological membranes from aging. Vitamin C has a direct influence on the blood circulation in the brain. And in order to prevent the reduction of red blood cells, which supply oxygen to the brain, we need to include iron-rich foods in our diet.



     We’ve all been taught since grade school that water is of extreme importance to the human body; we may be able to live without food for two to three weeks, but no more than three days without water. Indeed, water represents 70% of the human body mass. Every one of us loses around half a gallon of water daily, an amount that needs to be replenished. We receive some water through the food we eat, but we need to drink the majority of the water our bodies need.


By Paulin Soleyman


U.S. Study Quantifies the Effects of Exercise on Life Expectancy

     The benefits of regular exercise are well known, but what exactly are you getting in return for your efforts? A research a collaboration between the U.S.-based Harvard-affiliated Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the National Cancer Institute has attempted to answer this question by quantifying how much longer people live depending on the levels of exercise they engage in.

     The study analyzed data from more than 650,000 subjects and followed them for an average of 10 years, analyzing more than 82,000 deaths. From this data the researchers estimated lifespan gains for people over 40 who adopt different levels of physical activity and with varying body mass index (BMI) profiles (a calculation based on a person's weight and height).

     To sum it up, the more you do it, the longer you live. For example, 75 minutes of brisk walking per week equates to an extra 1.8 years of life expectancy as opposed to staying sedentary. Increase that to 150–299 minutes of brisk walking per week and the gain in life expectancy goes up to 3.4 years. Make it 450 minutes per week and the estimated life expectancy jumps by 4.5 years.

     The study also found that people whose weight is above the recommended level still benefit from physical activity.

     Men, women, normal weight and overweight people – all benefit from exercise in terms of longevity according to the study. However, it also indicated that the best results were obtained by those with normal weight who exercise. These people added 7.2 years to their life expectancy compared to people with a BMI of 35 or more (normal BMI ranges between 18.5 and 24.9) who undertook no exercise in their free time.


By Antonio Pasolini

Social Engagement

Why You Need Friends in Retirement

     An old Carole King song captures the emotional value of having a friend. New research from the Stanford Center on Longevity confirms it, saying that social engagement promotes physical and mental health, while social isolation costs people both personal and medical problems. According to the study, "socially isolated individuals face health risks comparable to those of smokers."

     The study analyzes two main areas: meaningful relationships with friends and family and social involvement in the community. For most age groups in America, social engagement has gone down marginally since 1995. Unfortunately, there's one group where social engagement has decreased significantly: baby boomers between 55 and 64 years old.

     Here are six factors identified by the study, which are largely things you can control, that could lead to a better quality of life. Try these measures you can take to brighten up your retirement years.


1. Intimate relationships. Marriage improves our personal well-being as well as our prospects for a long, healthy life. Baby boomers are less likely to be married than previous generations. However, boomers are more likely to be living with a partner, and research suggests that partnered individuals may enjoy many of the same benefits. Some 70 percent of people who are married or who have a partner report sharing important conversations at least once a week – a marker for a positive, healthy relationship. So if you have an intimate partner, make sure to cultivate that relationship. And if you don't, well, it's never too late.


2. Interaction with family. Almost three quarters of Americans report that they interact with family members outside of their household at least once a week. But there's a wide variation. Hispanics are closer to their families than non-hispanic whites. And women are more likely than men to interact with family members. No one knows why, but baby boomers as a group are the least likely to interact with family members who do not live with them. But I can report that there is hope. For years, my 20-something son didn't consider me cool enough to "friend" on Facebook. But just last week I finally got an invitation. So now we are being cool together.


3. People have your back. An important aspect of family is knowing that a parent or sibling will be there for you in a time of need. Since 1995, people in the 55 to 64 age group who could turn to a family member for help decreased from 79 percent to 69 percent. But again, different groups report different results. Only 55 percent of those without a high school diploma said a family member would help them, compared to 73 percent of those with a higher education. And 80 percent of people in their 70s said they have a family member who would be there for them. So take a lesson from those who are older and wiser: Be there for your family members, so they will be there for you when you need help.


4. Know your neighbors. Some 60 percent of Americans regularly interact with friends and neighbors. And about half say they can rely on a friend for support. Baby boomers are less likely to interact with friends compared with people our age a generation ago. But here we can learn something from our children. The percentage of young people who can count on a friend in times of need has increased. Perhaps because the marriage rate in this group has decreased there is more reliance on friends.


5. Volunteering. Volunteer activities can help you make friends and also sharpen your sense of purpose in life. The rate of volunteering has remained fairly constant over the years – at about 25 percent – with women participating more than men. The average number of hours volunteered goes up with age. Baby boomers average about 150 volunteer hours, compared to barely 100 hours for their children. But the elderly volunteer even more – almost 200 hours per year for those over 75.


6. Get involved in your community. People who are active in the community – including religious activities – enjoy better health and longer lives. Unfortunately, community involvement has declined about 10 percent since 1995. But here's the important point. Community involvement is highest among those who are married or in a committed relationship, as well as those with higher levels of education. So what's clear is that there's a virtuous cycle. More friends, better relationships, more education and increased involvement in community all reinforce one another to improve your life. We only need to take one step onto this virtuous cycle to know we are on the right path.


By Tom Sightings

Spirituality / Religion

Treating the Whole Person: Spirituality in Medicine

     In recent years, public dissatisfaction with managed care has sparked the medical community’s interest in the relationship between spirituality and medicine. More than 100 of the approximately 150 medical schools in the United States have added spirituality in medicine courses to their training programs. Doctors are learning how to take a spiritual history along with the patient’s medical history. Medical students shadow chaplains during an on-call experience. The mid-20th-century shift away from the doctor-patient relationship to disease-focused health care based on technological advances is giving way to a new emphasis on compassionate physicians responsive to the needs of the whole person.

     Many current scientific studies demonstrate a connection between spiritual faith and increased mental and physical health. For example, prayer reduces stress, decreases anxiety, and improves a patient’s ability to cope with illness. The sense of purpose that comes from faith gives meaning to those suffering from chronic illnesses. Medical professionals also recognize that a patient’s religious beliefs affect medical decisions.

     Hospital visitation, counseling, and praying for the sick remain important aspects of pastoral care. Knowing that young doctors view pastors and chaplains as partners in the patient’s health care team should encourage ministers. Understanding how physicians view the role of spirituality in medicine can help pastors minister more effectively in hospital settings and be better prepared to meet the needs of parishioners receiving medical care.


Connecting Faith and Health

     A study led by Farr A. Curlin, M.D., an associate professor of medicine at the University of Chicago and an expert on spirituality and medicine, showed that three in four doctors believe spirituality helps patients cope and gives them a positive state of mind. More than half of the 1,144 U.S. physicians responding to this survey believe that religion and spirituality have a significant influence on health, with 85 percent agreeing that the influence on health is generally positive. Contrary to the 20th-century view held by many prominent mental health professionals that religion is irrelevant or even detrimental to mental health, scientific studies demonstrate that faith decreases the likelihood of depression, anxiety, substance abuse, and suicide.

     In a study that analyzed the association between regular church attendance and mortality over a 28-year period for 5,286 survey respondents, those who went to church at least once a week were more likely to stop smoking, increase exercising, increase social contacts, and stay married. Another study calculated that those who attend church more than once a week gain the equivalent of a 7-year increase in life expectancy at age 20 compared to those who never attend church. A possible physical explanation for this increased life expectancy is the relationship between the immune system and faith. Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is an immune marker that correlates with mood states. Levels of IL-6 increase with stress and depression. IL-6 is produced at any sites of inflammation within the body. Inflammation is a process involved in many diseases such as heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, stroke, and diabetes.

     A study of 557 older adults examined the relationship of church attendance, interleukin-6 levels, and mortality. The researchers found that attending religious services more than once a week correlated with lower mortality rates and lower IL-6 levels compared with never attending religious services. Furthermore, their results were consistent with a role for IL-6 in mediating the relationship between church attendance and mortality.

Of course, the primary motive for church attendance should be obtaining spiritual benefits rather than improved physical health and increased longevity. Yet, these scientific studies function as a powerful apologetic to those who would deride the value of church. If we consider that God created the whole person, we should not be surprised that taking care of spiritual needs results in meeting our mental and physical needs as well.

     Stress weakens the body and contributes to the development of many diseases. Prayer reduces stress, making people calmer physiologically as well as emotionally. The admonition in Philippians 4:6 serves as a great prescription for health: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”


Respecting Patient’s Spiritual Needs

     Increasingly, doctors are realizing that spiritual care is vital to a person’s complete health care. A reemphasis on service and compassion in medicine has highlighted the importance of respecting a patient’s spiritual needs. Health care professionals receive training on taking a spiritual history in a medical interview, often using the acrostic “H-O-P-E” as a guide. “H” stands for a patient’s source of hope, meaning, and comfort. “O” stands for organized religion. “P” stands for personal spirituality/practices, which includes prayer, reading Scripture, and attending religious services. “E” stands for effects on medical care and end-of-life issues.

     By inquiring about a patient’s spiritual needs, doctors demonstrate their respect for the patient and provide comfort. Many patients use their faith to help them cope.

     Physicians provide a therapeutic benefit when they show an interest in a person’s spiritual journey. The goal of a spiritual history is for physicians to learn more about their patients’ beliefs, not for physicians to share their beliefs with their patients. The physician may uncover spiritual views held by the patient that could impact medical decision making. For example, beliefs about the sanctity of human life can impact reproductive decisions as well as end-of-life decisions. A physician must guard the patient’s privacy, confidentially, and autonomy while exploring the patient’s spiritual beliefs.

     Pastors can serve an important role alongside the health care team in tending to the spiritual needs of a parishioner. For example, pastors can help patients sort through how their faith might impact their medical decisions. Patients may need encouragement to express their concerns with the medical team. Perhaps the most important role for pastors is helping patients find purpose and meaning in the midst of difficult circumstances. The challenges that come from physical illness or injury can strengthen a person’s faith or become a barrier in the person’s relationship with God. The caring presence of a pastor often influences this outcome.


Resolving Ethical Conflicts

     Integrating spirituality and medicine can lead to ethical conflicts. If physicians force their beliefs on patients, whether religious or not, they are overstepping their boundaries as a medical professional. A doctor and a patient who both share the same faith can certainly discuss medical issues in the context of their shared belief. Doctors can share their faith in response to a patient’s questions. Even though certain spiritual practices contribute to improved health, doctors should not prescribe church attendance in the same way they might recommend increased physical exercise.

     When spiritual beliefs prevent a patient from accepting an otherwise beneficial medical treatment, ethical issues can arise. For example, people who are trusting God for a physical healing may decide to forego medical treatment as an expression of their faith. The medical doctor needs to balance respect for the patient’s autonomy with the responsibility to seek the good of the patient by persuading the patient to follow medical recommendations. A pastor or chaplain sometimes can help the physician resolve these types of conflicts.

     The potential for ethical conflicts should not cause physicians to avoid addressing patient’s spiritual needs. Instead, physicians should work together with chaplains toward the goal of treating the whole person. Chaplains, in turn, can work with pastors to provide spiritual support for patients. Both pastors and parishioners can take heart that what is good for the soul is also good for the body. After all, when we seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all other things are given to us as well (Matthew 6:33).


By Christina M.H. Powell

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MedPost Urgent Care / Urgent Care by Des Peres Hospital
Mercy Health Services
Mercy - Mojdeh Zahedi, MD
Mid-East Area Agency on Aging (MEAAA)
Missouri Home Health & Therapy

Mobility for U
Mother of Good Counsel Home

Mount Carmel Senior Living
National Church Residences Telegraph Road
Nazareth Living Center
NHC Healthcare
OASIS (St. Louis Regional OASIS)

Oasis Senior Advisors - Chesterfield
O'Fallon Apartments
Optum Palliative and Hospice Care
Pacific Place Retirement Community

Parc Provence

Personal Care Home Health Services
Premiere Eye Associates
Provision Living at St. Louis Hills

Pyramid Home Health
Right at Home of St. Louis
Right at Home of St. Charles
RSP Senior Living Communities

Sansone Group
Seasons Hospice & Palliative Care

Senior Care Psychological Consulting

Senior Dogs 4 Seniors

Senior Services Plus, Inc.
Seniors Helping Seniors
Seniors Home Care

Signature Medical Group
Six Hour Organizer
St. Louis Area Agency on Aging (SLAAA)

South County Senior Law & Estate Planning Center
Southern Bus & Mobility
Spectrum Retirement Communities

SSM Health at Home
St. Andrew's Senior Solutions
St. Andrew’s at Francis Place

St. Andrew's HUD Apartments
St. Louis Public Library
Society for the Blind and Visually Impaired

Steve & Sheri Estate & Moving Sales
Stillman Financial Services
Stillwater Senior Living

Stonecrest at Clayton View
Swiss Chalet Apartments

Tesson Heights Senior Living Community
The Advanced Wound Center
The Bridge at Florissant
The Elder & Disability Advocacy Firm of Christine A. Alsop
Tower Grove Manor

Tranquil Transitions
Twin Oaks Estates in O'Fallon
Twin Oaks at Heritage Pointe in Wentzville
United Access
Unity Hospice of Greater St. Louis
University College at Washington University
Veterans Home Care

Victorian Gardens Independent Senior Living
Visiting Angels of Greater St. Charles
Visiting Nurse Association Hospice Care
Vouga Elder Law
Willowcreek Rehabilitation and Nursing Center
YMCA Trout Lodge
Yogi Adult Day Care

Yvonne Wesa Real Estate

Zounds Hearing Aids

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